August 18, 2010 – Hilo, Hawaii
Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Tim Bryan
There is another marine mammal recuperating at the University of Hawaii-Hilo’s Hawaii Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility.
This “beaked whale” was transported to the Big Island from Maui by the U.S. Cast Guard, after it was found stranded in Kihei.
The rare creature has never been seen alive by rehab center staff and volunteers, and it is likely to be the largest marine mammal ever to be rehabilitated in Hawaii. The beaked whales are a type of toothed whale, and are considered to be the most extreme divers in the world. This makes them hard to observe in the wild.
Although the odds are against its survival, the whale appears to be in stable condition, and is able to swim around the pool on its own.